Enabling a nurse led clinic in Murchison
Murchison Medical Clinic received funding through Murray PHN’s General Practice Investment Strategy, to see whether a nurse-led clinic could increase the clinic’s capacity for care planning and health prevention appointments.
The clinic now has a dedicated chronic disease management nurse and GP schedules are planned to ensure adequate time is allocated to patients. The patient’s documentation is reviewed and updated before they are seen, and advanced bookings are made with the doctor’s recommendations. The practice ensures the patient is supported, with a recall system and the use of PenCAT, a GP clinical audit tool.
With more time dedicated to care planning, the nurse-led model has enabled a more thorough approach to patient wellbeing. The number of care plans and reviews has increased, and patients have reported improvements in their understanding of their chronic conditions.
The project was led by practice manager Rachel Smith, alongside practice nurses, Keira Birchmore and Ellen Wright. Three patient ‘edutainment’ videos were also developed as part of the project, and you can watch these below: